Candidate for Texas Gov. Allen West diagnosed with COVID-19

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, file photo, Texas gubernatorial hopeful Allen West speaks at the Cameron County Conservatives anniversary celebration, in Harlingen, Texas. West, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, said Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, that he has received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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UPDATED 1:24 PM PT – Sunday, October 10, 2021

Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen West has been diagnosed with COVID-19. In a statement released on Saturday, the former Texas GOP leader said he had non-life threatening COVID-19 pneumonia and was expecting to be admitted to the hospital for observation.

West added although he was not vaccinated, his wife Angela, who also came down with the virus, was. For treatment, the former representative said he received monoclonal antibody infusion therapy.

Angela and I just completed the monoclonal antibody infusion therapy and are in the observation period. There’s a concern about my oxygen saturation levels, which are at 89 and they should be at 95,” he explained. “My chest X-rays do show COVID pneumonia, not serious. I am probably going to be admitted to the hospital.

West has cancelled all in person events unit he has been given the all clear from his doctors.

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